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AIX Jumpstart for UNIX/Linux Professionals

Experienced System Administrators and other Technical IT staff who need to cross-train to be able to implement and manage systems capable of running the AIX Operating System.  Some shell programming experience will also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the AIX Shell Programming Course.

Learning Objectives

The delegates will have knowledge and practise in:

  • Introduction to the P-SERIES Hardware
  • AIX 7.1 Installation and Initial Configuration
  • System Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
  • Using Web Based Information Browser
  • AIX Filesystems and Storage
  • Configuring Filesystems
  • Looking after Filesystems
  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Journaled Filesystems
  • Devices
  • The Object Data Manager
  • System Initialisation
  • Create Backup and Restore Routines
  • mksysb and savevg Commands
  • Software Installation and Maintenance
  • Disk Management
  • Alternate Disk Installation
  • TCP/IP Network Configuration
  • AIX Problem Solving Tools including System Dump Facility

Pre-Requisites

Delegates must have recent in-depth practical experience of administrating UNIX in a network environment on another UNIX platform such as HP-UX, SUN or Solaris.

Course Content

Course Introduction

Day 1

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE P-SERIES

  • The P-SERIES Product Line
  • RISC Technology
  • P-Series Product Range For The Power6
  • P-Series Product Range For The Power7
  • Hardware Management Console
  • The AIX Operating System

Session 2: SYSTEM MANAGEMENT TOOLS

  • System Management Commands
  • Using SMIT
  • SMIT Special Characters and Keys
  • Smit.log and smit.script Files
  • The smit Command
  • IBM Systems Director Console
  • Web Based System Manager
  • Exercise: Remotely connect to a host using WSM

Session 3: STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN

  • The /etc/init Procedure
  • Startup Modes
  • The /etc/inittab File and the rc Startup Scripts
  • Inittab Commands
  • Using the alog Program
  • System Resource Controller Commands
  • The /etc/shutdown Script
  • Exercise: Start and stop processes using SMC

Session 4: SOFTWARE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE

  • Units of Installation
  • Filesets, Packages and Licensed Program Products
  • Bundles
  • Update and Maintenance Bundles
  • Software States
  • Installing Patches and Fixes
  • Exercise: Install, enquire and remove software

Session 5: DEVICE CONFIGURATION

  • Introduction to the Object Data Manager (ODM)
  • Listing Devices
  • Interpreting Location Codes
  • Self-configuring Devices
  • Adding, Changing and Removing Devices
  • Exercise: Add and remove devices using the command line and smit


Course Contents - DAY 2

Session 6: THE LOGICAL VOLUME MANAGER

  • The AIX Approach to Disk Storage
  • Volume Groups, Physical Volumes and Logical Volumes
  • Volume Group Descriptor Areas
  • Mirroring
  • Striping
  • Disk Placement Policies
  • Migrating Physical Volume Data
  • Useful Commands
  • Exercise: Creating, Extending and Mirroring a Logical Volume

Session 7: THE JOURNALED FILESYSTEM

  • The AIX Native File System
  • Superblocks and I-nodes
  • Journaling of File System Data
  • Creating a File System
  • Mounting of Filesystems
  • Managing Filesystems
  • The /etc/filesystems File
  • Removing Filesystems
  • Using the fsck Command
  • Exercise: Creating, Extending and Removing a Filesystem

Session 8: BACKUP AND RESTORE

  • Backup Devices
  • mksysb and savevg Commands
  • The backup Command
  • The restore Command
  • Tape Control Commands
  • Exercise: Use of Backup And Restore, including mksysb


Course Contents - DAY 3

Session 9: OBJECT DATA MANAGER

  • ODM Components and Commands
  • Object Classes
  • Descriptor Information
  • Objects
  • Searching The ODM
  • The ODM Database
  • Data Base File Names
  • ODM File Locations
  • cfgmgr And The ODM
  • The Predefined Database Files
  • Predefined Devices
  • Predefined Attributes
  • Customised Devices
  • Customised Attributes
  • ODM Class Usage
  • Additional Device Object Classes
  • Predefined Connection
  • Customised Dependency
  • Customised Device Driver
  • Customised Vital Product Data
  • Exercise: Add a device by manipulating the ODM

Session 10: PROBLEM SOLVING TOOLS

  • Error Log Facility
  • Error Log Input Components
  • Error Reporting from SMIT
  • The errpt Command
  • Sample Summary/Intermediate/Detailed Report Output
  • Interpreting LVM Error Log Entries
  • Error Log Maintenance
  • Error Notification Facility
  • Notification Methods
  • The syslogd Daemon

Session 11: SYSTEM INITIALISATION

  • System Startup and The Boot Process
  • The Bootlist and BLV
  • The Boot Logical Volume
  • Repairing the BLV
  • Using Bootlists
  • Boot Problems
  • Service Processors
  • Accessing A System That Will Not Boot Normally
  • Accessing A Volume Group And Starting A Shell
  • Accessing A Volume Group Without Mounting Filesystems
  • The LED Display
  • Interpreting Flashing LED Codes
  • Location Codes
  • Understanding SCSI Addressing
  • Maintaining Firmware Levels
  • AIX Initialisation
  • The Three RC Boot Phases
  • More about the cfgmgr
  • Boot Problem Management
  • Exercise: Destroy the BLV and then re-create a new BLV


Course Contents - DAY 4

Session 12: DISK MANAGEMENT

  • Local Volume Manager Review
  • AIX Disk Storage
  • Physical Volume and LVM
  • Volume Group Descriptor Areas
  • Physical and Logical Storage
  • Use Of Logical Volumes
  • Mirroring
  • Stripping
  • Volume Group Limits
  • Alternative Mirroring and Stripping with RAID
  • LVN Configuration Log
  • LVM Data
  • LVM Identifiers
  • VGDA, VGSA and LVCB Control Blocks
  • LVM and the ODM
  • Physical Volumes and the ODM
  • Volume Groups and the ODM
  • Logical Volumes and the ODM
  • LVM Problems in the ODM
  • The rvgrecover Script
  • VGDA and Quorum
  • Forcing a varyon
  • Mirroring
  • Disk Replacement Techniques
  • Possible Errors After Disk Replacement
  • Exporting and Importing Volume Groups
  • Exercise: Mirror a whole disk and recover a corrupt Logical Volume

Session 13: ALTERNATE DISK INSTALLATION

  • Alternate Disk Installation
  • Installing a mksysb Image On Another Disk
  • Cloning the Running rootvg to Another Disk
  • Removing an Alternate Disk Installation
  • Exercise: Clone the roovg and remove the Alternate Disk Installation


Course Contents - DAY 5

Session 14: TCP/IP CONFIGURATION

  • Define TCP/IP Terminology
  • Define Routing (Static and Dynamic)
  • TCP/IP Commands and Utilities
  • Configure TCP/IP for a Network Interface
  • Configure a Static Route
  • Test Network Connectivity
  • Test Route Connectivity
  • Basic TCP/IP Applications
  • Exercise: Configure TCP/IP
  • Exercise: Use TCP/IP Commands to:
    • Login to a Remote System
    • Transfer Files To/From a Remote System

Session 15: AIX INSTALLATION

  • Installation for Classical and PCI Models
  • Console and Language Definitions
  • Other Installation Settings
  • Configuration Assistant Menu

Exams & Certification

Exams are not included as part of the course.

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